15th - 17th May: A weekend of talks, music, comeday and workshops for the covidly-incarcerated. See the schedule here.
We're recreating our famed bunker sessions - the late-night action taking place behind 4ft think straw walls capped by a beautiful corrugated iron roof - for COVID-19 lockdown. Home to experiments in sensory deprivation and social elevation, the Bunker exists for those who aren't yet ready for bed: DJ Steve Vertigo leads the way for all you deep-down dirty dancers.
In this short video course, Dina Begum, British-Bangladeshi food writer and cook, shows you how to make a traditional Panch Phoron, a fragrant, aromatic, five-spice blend. You'll need: 1 tbsp mustard seeds; 1 tbsp fennel seeds; 1 tbsp nigella seeds; 1 tbsp fenugreek seeds; 1 tbsp cumin seeds; Tablespoon; Bowl. This workshop is hosted in partnership with Yodomo.
Bombastic headlines about science and technology are nothing new. They can cut through the constant stream of information and misinformation on social media, or convince governments to take notice. But hype has a dark side, too. Technology journalist, Gemma Milne is at ALSO to explain how hype can even be responsible for derailing crucial progress and exactly how it can be combated and discounted - if you're able to see exactly where, how and why it is being deployed.
Liam Walker lives a beautiful double-life - a woodsman / tree surgeon by day and a singer-songwriter / performer by night. Inspired by folk-influenced greats such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young, Liam’s sublime guitar playing and atmospheric vocals make him the perfect soundtrack to our digital summer meadow-vibe.
The world renowned sound recordist and artist Chris Watson (Blue Planet, Bjòrk, Chernobyl) has recreated a walk in the Caledonian forest speciallfor DigitALSO. Join him in The Great Wood of Caledon. The piece begins with the display of a Capercallie and develops into a chorus deep within the woodland.
Alex is a BBC Introducing artist and the principal lutenist for La Nuova Musica, The Irish Baroque Orchestra and Poeticall Musicke. He specialises in chamber music. His continuo playing has been described as 'sinewy and sensuous, ornaments rarely exaggerated' - Observer and he 'virtually shreds his accompaniments with fervent plucking and percussive strumming.' — The New Yorker. In his spare time he enjoys making lutes and managing the Veterum Musica micro record label.
Learn the tricks of the song writing trade with creative tour de force Sophie Garner. Explore this art form within a group through exploring theme, structure, imagiunation, lyric wrtining and composing. Song writing as a powerful tool for building confidence and creative expression. Sophie is an established singer songwriter who has released 3 studio albums, toured internationally and was the very first artist to perform on the main stage at London's O2 Arena! This session is open to everyone.Info & Booking
This Is A Recording are usually a live improvised electronic duo performing on analog synths mangled up through FX pedals and tripped out guitar, layered over slo-mo pulsating beats. Their music ranges from ambient, Balearic grooves to psychedelic walls of sound. Think stratospheric harmonics, cosmic melodies, and conscious vibes!
In this live-streamed workshop, artist Julia Clarke will be showing us how to use wrapping, sticking, binding and balancing techniques on found objects to create beautiful 3D objects and sculptures. This workshop is hosted in partnership with Making Made Easy experts, Yodomo.Info & Booking
Will you Charleston with ALSO? Relive the Roaring 20s by adding a modern twist for the 2020s by joining our Charleston workshop at Digital ALSO. Yes, we're inviting everyone to join leading UK Charleston choreographer and founder of My Charleston Fiona Ring for 20 minute workshop to help you break out some iconic Charleston moves for lockdown.
We're delighted to have the master absurdist John Luke Roberts at ALSO Digital. Look our for him at Marcel's Cabaret Fantastique and Comedy Campfire! "A consistently hilarious hour of measured madness" - The List "This is alternative comedy close to its pinnacle" - Chortle
A host of UK and International comedians share tales with you around their own campfires. Fiction, tall tales and true stories from a wealth of confined comedic talent. Hosted by Alexis Dubus ( "Wry, thoughtful, with a lovely way with language" - The Independent ) and featuring Alex Horne, Isy Suttie, Charles Quarterman, Jen Brister, Jon Bennett.
We’re so pleased to have mythologist, award-winning author and master storyteller, Dr Martin Shaw at ALSO Digital with a very special late night story for adults.
Indotranceltic perform Chattering Waters - a vibrant fusion of Indian and Celtic rhythms and melodies, wrapped in an electronic, psychedelic soundscape. Check out their album Stone Horse on Six Degrees records.
Kick-start your day with a half-hour full-body HIIT workout. Expect heart-racing exercises interspersed with recovery. All levels of ability are catered for. No equipment required.
Join us for a glass of sangria and music at our Also closing party. DJ Dominic O will be playing nostalgic festival vibes - requests welcome. So come and shake off those lockdown blues with us at Also Sunday Session!
Jai is a freelance vocal coach who works in TV, theatre and the music industry. She has coached several successful pop artists and bands from the start of their creative journeys through to world tours and multiple albums. Artists Jai currently looks after include The Vamps, New Hope Club, Lucy O’Byrne and Tom Speight. She also coaches performers for leading West End roles and consults for several top theatrical agents. TV work includes being a vocal coach on ‘The Voice UK’, ‘The Voice Kids’, ‘Change Your Tune’ and ‘Little Mix The Search’. She also coaches performers for leading West End roles and consults for several top theatrical agents. Jai runs private studios in London and Kent and in between coaching commitments, she manages artist Flo Gallop and indie band Coral Palms.
This breathtaking singer songwriter creates beautiful, compelling music. Her electric guitar adds a raw edge that provides the perfect counterpoint to her emotional and haunting voice. ”Absolutely Stunning" Janice Long, BBC Radio 2 "A touch of class" The Independent.
Former UK Garage MC and vocalist extraordinaire, Flexie Muiso introduces us the basics of beatboxing, leading us to create our very own vocal drumkit. Flexie is also an accomplished vocalist having sung for Paloma Faith, Channel 4’s First dates and touring his soulful blend of music in Africa and France.
We'll be bringing the sounds of the festival site to you in our truly transformative ALSO soundscape.
Awaken your senses through the power of nature. Embrace the Japanese art of Shinrin-Yoku and discover the proven health benefits of Forest Bathing with ALSO's self-guided walk. Please book on to receive your self-guided pack. To delve deeper into Forest Bathing, we highly recommend Dr Qing Li's Into the Forest: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness.Info & Booking
In this easy-to-follow video course, you'll learn how to make a paper rose from crepe paper with pajaki maker, Karolina Merska. To make the paper rose, you'll need: Crepe paper (approx. 80-100cm by 9cm); Scissors; Embroidery thread. This workshop is hosted in partnership with Yodomo.
Today, in an age driven by the tyranny of the now, we rarely stop to consider how our actions will affect future generations. With such frenetic short-termism at the root of contemporary crises, the call for long-term thinking grows every day - but what is it, has it ever worked, and can we even do it? Leading public philosopher, Roman Krznaric is at ALSO to reveal the profound ways in which we can all learn to think long-term, exploring how we can reawaken oft-neglected but uniquely human talents like 'cathedral thinking' that expand our time horizons and sharpen our foresight.
Who will be crowned the winners of ALSO's Great Big Fat Festival Quiz in 2020? Hosted by Matt 'Gold Jacket' Morgan log in for a magical, musical, memorable session and massive *prizes! *there MIGHT actually be prizes this year! Book on to register your team!Info & Booking
As part of our Balearic Sessions, join us for a drink in this botanical mixology class with the Alchemy Bar in Ibiza. A live cocktail class where you will learn the delicate art of balancing drinks flavors in 3 delicious cocktails. Bex Hronek will be talking you through the workings of making a fermented bug and botanical tinctures to create theatrical and flavorsome cocktails.
Through easy to follow step-by-step instructions and photographs, learn how to create a marbled effect using materials found in your own home. You’ll need: Six large white, blown eggs; Nail varnish; Container; Warm water; Rubber gloves; Stirring stick; 24 berry pins & 2 thick sponge cloths for your drying rack; Table cloth/protector. This workshop is hosted in partnership with Yodomo.
Get festival-ready by following Judy’s quick guide to creating a dandelion flower crown. Channel your inner Frida Khalo and dress to impress.
Without our realising it, a single, slippery concept has become a secular deity throughout the modern industrial world. We make terrible sacrifices in its name: of our money, our health, and our planet. That deity is nature itself. Alan Levinovitz, the assistant professor at James Madison University, Virginia, is at ALSO Digital to explain why arguments based on what is 'natural', in food, medicine, and society at large, are appeals to a false idol - our oldest, most persistent superstition.
Also Festival is a fabulous chance to explore wild swimming – so grab your bikini (or trunks) and head lakeside for some swimming in this stunning spot designed by no lesser landscape gardener than Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown himself. The lake is half a mile wide and our wild swimming sessions are not only gloriously beneficial for your body – but it’s been found exercising in nature offer extraordinary benefits for the mind too. No wonder we all love it so much.
Learn how to make a simple macrame plant hanger with materials found around your home in a live-streamed workshop with Katie from By-Me. You’ll learn how to make a wrapped knot, create a basket shape to perfectly accommodate your pots and gain the confidence to continue on with other macramé projects. This workshop is hosted in partnership with Making Made Easy experts, Yodomo.Info & Booking
Playing a mix of 60s Soul, Funk, Dirty Grooves, Hot Rockin' Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Ska, Rock'n'Roll, New Orleans, Gospel, Blues & Boogaloo - all on vinyl 45s
No offence, David but who would have thought that a book on statistics would have been such a big seller in 2020. There’s a reason why and it’s a hopeful one. Surrounded by fake news, we are all trying to learn more about stats to make sure the information we are taking on is real. Statistics has played a leading role in our scientific understanding of the world for centuries, yet we are all familiar with the way statistical claims can be sensationalised, particularly in the media. We are so pleased to have the leading risk, probability, chance and uncertainty academic in the UK, Prof Sir David Spiegelhalter to guide us through the essential principles we need in order to derive knowledge from data. You'll never think about information in the same way again.
While you may resent being confined to your own living space, it is important to remember that many things are awful. Allow Marcel Lucont, France’s premier misanthrope to lead your ears into a world of disdain and ennui, with a unique audio guide. “Wonderful French wit… His elegant, sardonic turns of phrase are an utter joy” - Time Out
Join renowned classicist Natalie Haynes for her new series of short videos on Ovid's Heroides. Natalie Haynes is the author of five books. Her most recent book A Thousand Ships, is short listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020. Her earlier books include: The Children of Jocasta (2017), The Amber Fury (2014), and The Ancient Guide to Modern Life (2010). Her next book, Pandora’s Jar, is a non-fiction book about women in Greek myth, and will be published in October 2020. She has written and recorded five series of Natalie Haynes Stands Up for the Classics for BBC Radio 4. Series Six will be broadcast in summer 2020.
Through step-by-step photographs and instructions, author and maker, Deborah Schneebeli-Morrell shows you how to lino-cut citrus fruits and transform them into beautiful ornaments covered in intricate designs. You’ll need: Firm fresh lemons, limes and/or oranges; Aquarelle (water-based) pencil or pen; Lino-cutting tool. This workshop is hosted in partnership with Yodomo.
Grab your trainers and join us for a half-hour HIIT core & recovery. Expect heart-racing exercises interspersed with recovery. All levels of ability are catered for. No equipment required.
Cool down and soothe, connect body, breath and mind with our lunar, yin energy as we move through each phase of this circular salutation.
After having a musical break from Mercury Award nominated band Jungle, The Liverpool born, London based singer / songwriter Andro - whose identity and aesthetic exude in the 7-piece - turns his attention to his solo material, with the releases of GYMH and LOST CAUSE.
In this family friendly workshop, West End and musical theatre vocal coach Amelia Carr (#curlycoach) will teach Naughty from smash hit musical Matilda - giving you the best insider tips for how to get the most out of your vocie and performance.Info & Booking
This brilliant Uehiro Centre Professor of Practical Ethics at the University of Oxford explains the case for more research into "love drugs" and "anti-love drugs" exploring their ethical implications for individuals and society. Get insight into this cutting-edge field of medical research that could have profound effects on us all. Will relationships be the same in the future? Will we still marry? It may soon be up to you to decide whether you want a chemical romance.
SOLD OUT Don’t miss our Balearic Brunch cook along with ALSO's Chef James knight as he helps you recreate our Sunday Lunch at the Costa Del ALSO round yours. Book on this session and we will send you a list of the few fresh ingredients you need and simple steps for pre-preparation. To make your life extra easy we have teamed up with Brindisa, home of Spanish food in the UK, who will send a no-fuss Paella kit to your home. Providing everything else you need to cook authentic paella for four, including Calasparra rice, saffron, Brindisa Arbequina Olive Oil, smoked sweet paprika, piquillo peppers, some Sofrito sauce and a four-person paella pan to cook it in. Plus you will have access to a LIVE masterclass with our Ibiza based chef James Knight. To really immerse yourself in the experience you can tune into our live DJ session by ALSO's DJ cut 'n' paste while we cook. Grab a glass of Sangria and join us on the White Isle!
Jono McNeil provides vocal coaching for television contestants, including for The Voice Kids and The Voice UK, , professional singers, pop artists, and musical theatre performers. Specialising in contemporary vocal styling and dynamic performance skills to push performers to their utmost potential. A performer himself, he has sung with Michael Buble, Paloma Faith, Jamie Cullum, Nelly, George Ezra and Jocelyn Brown as well as his own original releases.
Described as "the perfect jazzy vocal" by DJ magazine, Juliet has created two tracks for DigitALSO fusing her love of electronica, club music and wonky pop.
Drugs. We've all done them. Whether it's a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, a cigarette or a sleeping pill. But how well do we understand the effects of the drugs we take - legal or illegal? Dr Suzi Gage, psychologist, epidemiologist and co-creator of the hit podcast, Say Why to Drugs, is at ALSO to present her extraordinary research into the science behind recreational drugs - debunking common myths and misconceptions - and explaining what they're really doing to your mind and body.
A guided mediation from Philippa Perry, psychotherapist and author of Sunday Times bestselling, 'The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will Be Glad That You Did)'
Look, play and create your own botanically inspired paper-cut artwork. In this live-streamed workshop, illustrator Isabella will show you how to capture the shapes and textures of house plants. Then, inspired by Matisse cut-outs, you’ll learn papercut techniques and be able to create your own concise collaged artworks. This workshop is hosted in partnership with Making Made Easy experts, Yodomo.Info & Booking
Creating a virtual orchestra experience and delivering a powerful performance of string classics, The Real String Orchestra is an ensemble of local Warwickshire musicians with a shared passion for classical music and amazing composers. Let them bewitch, beguile and entertain you with an eclectic blend of the emotive and dramatic, skilfully directed by the baton of the professional home-grown musician Tori Rushton.